Gore accepts visiting professor post at Columbia
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Former Vice President Al Gore has accepted a visiting professor position at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism for the current semester, CNN has learned.
Gore will teach a course called "Covering National Affairs in the Information Age"
Gore will be one of several professors teaching a course called "Covering National Affairs in the Information Age."
The former vice president will make his first appearance at the seminar in early February and lecture once a week on six to eight occasions this semester, the journalism school's academic dean, David Klatell, told CNN.
The journalism school's administration sent an e-mail to all students and faculty about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday informing them of Gore's acceptance of the post, and plans to issue a press release Thursday morning.
Klatell said he is "very happy" about the addition of the Gore to the faculty. "It allows students enrolled to get a real insider's view, a real window into the policy-making process," he said.
A Gore adviser said the former vice president had been approached by several universities. Among the reasons he settled on Columbia, the adviser said, was because it is a part-time position, and because Gore's daughter and grandson live in New York.
CNN Senior White House Correspondent John King contributed to this report
Wednesday, January 24, 2001